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Last-Minute Shoppers Hit Springfield Stores; Hours Extended

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Shoppers in Springfield are wrapping up their Christmas gift lists, and major retailers are giving them extra time to do it.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Shoppers in Springfield are wrapping up their Christmas gift lists, and major retailers are giving them extra time to do it.

"The last three weekends has been a struggle for customers to get out with the ice and two weekends in a row with the snow, so now everyone is trying to get out and get the last-minute gifts," Kohl's manager Rick Borgard said.

Whether it was the recent harsh weather, a busy schedule, or just plain procrastination, huge crowds are proof enough that last-minute shoppers are far from alone.

"We work so much that it's hard to get out until the last minute," shopper Misty Dunn said.

"I guess I just kind of waited until the last minute," shopper Mike Salathe said.

Stores across Springfield were filled with shoppers finishing off their Christmas gift lists. Many of those stores, like Kohl's, will be open longer than usual.

"They get some time to 'quiet shop,' I call it," Borgard said. "It gives that customer to be able to browse more and of course there's no lines, so they like that."

Several retailers are in the middle of a pre-Christmas shopping blitz.

KOHL's Clocks in with 108 hours of uninterrupted shopping. Kmart and Macy's match with more than 100 hours apiece. And Toys "R" Us is offering 87 hours of shopping time.

"I like that, not being pushed, shoved or having to wait through the aisle," shopper Mary Schumacher said.

"At least it's a comfort knowing that if I have to get out to do something, it's going to be open when I need it to be because I work such crazy hours."

And even with all the bustle at Battlefield Mall and elsewhere, most shoppers said they're sure they will everything checked off in time for the big day.

"There is no hoping, it is the last trip," Robert Dunn said.

"I love seeing everyone doing something for their family -- family, friends, whatever you're doing. I just like seeing everyone out shopping about. Everyone is having a good time," Salathe said.

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